Tag Archives: Kabir

Laughing after Enlightenment

After realising Self, sometimes it feels like laughing due to fact that the truth was so obvious that what was there to seek for months/years. After all, the search leads one to the source which is ordinary awareness – no bells and whistles. Kabir says, “Paani mein meen piyasi, mohe sun sun aave haasi” which means it makes me laugh to hear that fish is thirsty in water. He also says, “Sahaj mile avinasi re” which means that the indestructible is easily found. But to be fair, during seeking it does not look that simple. First doer has to do the seeking and eventually in the final stage when the doer (i.e. the seeker) surrenders to the Self or when the Self annihilates the doer, the truth appears. The doer is like the stick used for stirring the funeral pyre which itself is eventually thrown in the fire.

Tera Sai Tujh Mein Hai (Kabir)

Jaise til mein tail hai, jyon chakmak mein aag
Tera sai tujh mein hai, tu jaag sake to jaag

जैसे तिल में तेल है, ज्यों चकमक में आग
तेरा साईं तुझ में है, तू जाग सके तो जाग

Summary: The truth is within you.

Explanation: Just as oil is contained in the sesame seed and fire is within the flint stone, your lord is inside you, wake up if you can.

Allah Ke Bande

The punch line in the lyrics of the song, “Allah ke bande” written by Vishal Dadlani according to me is, “Khoke apne par hi to usne tha udna seekha”. The meaning of this line is related to, “A blessing in disguise” idiom and spirituality.

Context: The lyrics mention about a bird falling from the sky to the ground losing its wings making it incapable of flying again. But the bird is not feeling low at all. On the contrary, it is quite optimistic.

Meaning: Khoke apne par hi to usne tha udna seekha means after losing the wings the bird learnt to fly. Nobody wants problems. But, sometimes problems are good as they make us look at the things from a completely different perspective and new solutions emerge. The spiritual meaning of the line is that you find the real You when you lose the false you (doer). Kabir says, “Jab mein tha tab Hari nahin, jab Hari hai mein nahin” which means when I (doer) was there God was not, when God is there I (doer) am not. Hari is pure consciousness and not someone sitting above the sky.

Self Realisation & Gravitation

Kabir says, “Kasturi kundal base, mrig dhoondhe ban mahi” which implies that the fragrance is coming from the naval of the deer (musk deer) and it is searching for its source in the forest.

There is huge atmosphere above us due to which there is atmospheric pressure. But we never feel it.

Earth always attracted things towards it and so many people would have seen apple (and other things) falling towards earth. But, it took Newton to actually notice apple falling.

The very fact that something is so available makes it hidden.

Kabir also says, “Khoji hoye turat mili jahoon ek pal ki taalas mein” which means found immediately when searched for a moment.

Newton could, “See” apple falling because he was searching for gravitation.

Self inquiry is a tool by which you say I am not this, not this etc. and eventually are left with just pure awareness which is what you really are. You realise that thoughts are merely appearing in front of you, you are at the background merely watching them. Same is the case with emotions. It is your ignorance of your true nature and the tendencies of the unconscious mind that attach you to thoughts/emotions etc. When attachment is there, instead of watching the thoughts from background, you identify with them.

Moko Kahan Dhoondhe Re Bande (Full) – Kabir

 The full version of my composition is embedded below:

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The lyrics are as follows:

Moko kahan dhoondhe re bande
Main to tere paas mein
Na teerath mein na moorat mein
Na kanth niwas mein
Na mandir mein na masjid main
Na Kabe Kailas mein
Na main jap mein na main tap mein
Na main barat upaas mein
Na main kiriya karam mein rehata
Na hi jog sanyas mein
Na hi pran mein na hi pind mein
Na bramhand aakaash mein
Na main prakrati pravar gufa mein
Sab swason ki saans mein
Khoji hoye turat mil jaoon
Ek pal ki taalas mein
Kehat Kabir suno bhai saadho
Main to hoon vishvas mein

मोको कहाँ ढूंढे रे बन्दे मैं तो तेरे पास में ना तीरथ में ना मूरत में ना कंठ निवास में ना मंदिर में ना मस्जिद में ना काबे कैलास में ना मैं जप में ना मैं तप में ना मैं बरत उपास में ना मैं किरिया करम में रहता नाहीं जोग सन्यास में नाहीं प्राण में नाहीं पिंड में ना ब्रह्माण्ड आकाश में ना मैं प्रकृति प्रवर गुफा में सब स्वासों की स्वांस में खोजि होए तुरत मिल जाउं इक पल की तालास में कहत कबीर सुनो भई साधो मैं तो हूँ विश्वास में

Seeking Infinity

We always want more. Since more never ends, it seems that what we want is infinity. It is said by many saints that the source is within us. Kabir said this nicely in, “Moko kahan dhoondhe re bande” (My Vocals + Guitar version for the same is embedded below. For vocals only version, please refer this. ).

Kabir has said the same thing in different ways. For example the following essentially mean the same:

ज्यों नैनों में पुतली, त्यों मालिक घट माहीं
मूरख लोग न जानहिं बाहिर ढूंढ्न जाहीं

पानी में मीन प्यासी, मोहे सुन सुन आवे हासी
आत्मज्ञान बिना नर भटके, कोई मथुरा कोई काशी
जैसे मृग नाभी कस्तूरी, बन-बन फिरत उदासी
कहत कबीर सुनो भाई साधो, सहज मिले अविनासी

Jesus has also said that the kingdom of heaven is within you. Instead of looking outside for it, one needs to look inside.